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The Best Dishes Eater Dallas Ate in September

Crown Block’s brunch, Mister Charles’ pasta, and a beloved smash burger make the list this month

A plate holds a piece of toast with eggs, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce.
A new brunch rolls into town as Crown Block adds to its service.
Courtney E. Smith
Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

The amount of excellent food available in Dallas is dizzying, yet mediocre meals somehow keep worming their way into our lives. With your Eater Dallas editor dining out frequently, that means coming across lots of standout dishes and drinks that need to be shared.

A metal tray holds two halves of a sandwich, a pickle slice, and a bag of Lay’s potato chips.
A sweet lunch tray at Fond.
Courtney E. Smith


1601 Elm St., Suite 110

A lingering lunch at this new Downtown spot included half of a Tower Club, which was recommended by our waiter and was such a yummy call that we wouldn’t have ordered on our own, and half of a morta and pesto, made with pistachio pesto that was so good. It was accompanied by glasses of natural wine, the only type this spot serves.

Mister Charles

3219 Knox St., Suite 170

There were so many great bites from this menu — ordering from only the left side was a good move, and with three dishes, very filling. This plate of spicy lumache arrabbiata with broccolini and tomato sauce was especially memorable.

Burger Schmurger

1804 McMillan Ave.

The city’s most lauded burger can now be found at High Fives on Tuesday through Sunday in the evening. The original has a double patty, cheese, pickles, and “burger sauce” — if you ask nicely, owner Dave Culwell will probably tell you what’s in it.

Barcelona Wine Bar

5016 Miller Ave.

Olive oil cake lovers — heck, cake lovers in general — need to order this. It’s so moist, dense, and rich with flavor but beautifully simple. This slice was consumed with a glass of sherry at the behest of the bar staff.

A plate holds a piece of toast with eggs, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce. Courtney E. Smith

Crown Block

300 Reunion Blvd. East

There’s a new brunch in town. This smoked bacon, egg, lettuce, and tomato sandwich on house-made bread was only one part of what made up brunch — its service is part buffet style, with a main course made to order. There’s a sushi bar, steak carving station, bagel bar, and desserts galore.

Burger Schmurger

1804 McMillan Avenue, , TX 75206

Mister Charles

3219 Knox Street, , TX 75205 (972) 920-9471 Visit Website

Crown Block

300 Reunion Boulevard East, , TX 75207 (214) 321-3149 Visit Website